ENO is proud to have collaborated with Shelter and former BBC Young Composer of the Year, Alex Woolf, to create ‘A Place to Call Home’, a single for the Christmas Season. Championed by Woolf, the single is part of Sing for Shelter, a passion project created by the composer to bring awareness to Shelter and the widespread problem of bad housing and homelessness in the UK. Shelter is a charity that gives expert advice and support to those facing homelessness, helping millions of people each year. Offering online and face-to-face services (including legal support), they are an invaluable resource to helping people get back on their feet after life changing problems.
2,000 singers from across the country descended on the London Coliseum, joining the award-winning ENO Chorus and Orchestra to record the single, including choirs of Fire Service personnel, Shelter service users, schoolchildren and signing choirs for deaf and hearing singers. Included in the recording of the single were several ENO performers, including Sir Bryn Terfel, Lesley Garratt and Alice Coote, who recently performed in Orpheus and Eurydice.
The cause is particularly poignant for Alice, who attended with her brother Adam: ‘as soon as I heard it was happening, it struck me like a blow in the chest because Adam was homeless for 22 years. It’s been such a long journey for us to be here together today. I am overwhelmed to be in the same building as my brother and all these amazing people that have organised it and taken part to hopefully make a huge difference.’
Composed by Alex Woolf, ‘A Place to Call Home’ is a symbol of solidarity with Shelter’s pursuits, hoping to raise awareness for Shelter, and aid in their hope to put a stop to the housing emergency for good.
The single is available now from all major digital retailers, including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, Google Store, YouTube Music and more. All proceeds from the single will go to supporting Shelter’s work over this winter period, fighting homelessness and helping families get back to living in safe housing with ongoing support.
Help us support Shelter’s work by purchasing the single, and posting on social media networks with #SingForShelter.